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Pocket Card Jockey (2016) is a horse racing game you participate in by playing a series of Solitaire card games. You race, breed and nurture a stable of horses for a range of owners, trainers and other interesting individuals. It stands out as both a brilliant pairing of Solitaire and horse racing, one that matches surprisingly well. Pocket Card Jockey was a 3DS exclusive for many years and has recently come to iOS and Switch as Pocket Card Jockey Ride On.

Play involves picking your horse and then participating in a series of races. Your performance in each race is determined by how efficient and fast you are at solitaire. Do well and you not only win a race by gain experience, speed and skill as your horse develops.

As you progress you build a stable of horses with the aim of riding in the top flight to win first place in all 20 of the highest-ranked G1 races. Horses age and mature. This gives a limited time in their racing career but also means you can retire them to then breed new horses. You can share and exchange horses with friends and family by sending them a QR Code to access more skilled horses. This lets you breed a foal capable of dominating the leaderboards.

The result is an unusual (and slightly bizarre) game that ties your solitaire performance to different aspects of each race. Add to this the positioning tactics and timed use of your horse's enthusiasm and energy, and you have a compelling experience.

Our examiner, Jo Robertson, first checked Pocket Card Jockey 2 years ago. It was re-examined by Andy Robertson and updated 3 months ago.
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Play StylePlay Style

This is a Sequencing and Strategy game with Puzzle and Race elements. You can play with 1 to 4 players in the same room or as a 4-player online game. The Switch version lets you compete locally and online.

You can play this game in the following styles:


Play Time: It takes between 2 minutes and 5 minutes to play a round of this game. Races take a few minutes each, but you will likely string a few rounds together in a session. With the breeding and unlocking there is a lot to do, which will take some players towards 30 hours in total.

Age RatingsAge Ratings

Content Rating

This game has been rated PEGI 3.
Users Interact: The game enables players to interact and communicate with each other, so may expose players to language usually associated with older rated games.

On 3DS the game was rated ESRB EVERYONE 10+ for Fantasy Violence, Comic Mischief. But on Switch the updated game is rated E EVERYONE for Mild Blood.

Skill Level

8+ year-olds usually have the required skill to enjoy this game. Younger players may need help with the starting Solitare game as this is important and needs to be completed quickly. Otherwise there is less time pressure. Teenagers will enjoy the deepening mechanics and breeding aspect.

Account Rating

You don’t need a platform subscription to play this game online.


Pocket Card Jockey Ride On

App Store iOS Subscription Free

Apple Arcade

App Store Apple TV Subscription Free

Apple Arcade

App Store Mac Subscription Free

Apple Arcade

Pocket Card Jockey

Switch Store Switch -
There are no additional in-game purchases, loot boxes, adverts or subscription costs.

DetailsGame Details

Release Date: 05/05/2016, updated in 2023

Out Now: 3DS and 2DS, Apple TV, Mac, Switch and iOS

Skill Rating: 8+ year-olds

Players: 1-4 (4 online)

Genres: Sequencing, Strategy (Puzzle and Race)

Accessibility: 0 features documented (Tweet Developer )

Components: 2D Side-On, Cards and Grid

Developer: Game Freak Info (@GameFreak_Info)

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